Sometimes a good book provides more than mere entertainment. Sometimes there are real world lessons embedded in fiction. That’s true for the prepping movement.
Gaye over at Backdoor Survival wrote an article on Survival Fiction And Real Facts. She lists 8 important things she learned through readi survival fiction. Here’s a quick summary.
Facts From Survival Fiction
Gaye first notes that she got started with this idea after reading One Second After. I’ve recommended that novel, here, a time or two. If you haven’t read it, you really should.
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Here are eight things Gaye picked up from survival fiction that translate to the real world:
1. Skills and knowledge are equally as important as gear. Without knowing what’s happening and what to do, the stuff is useless..
2. Group organization saves lives. There is security in numbers.
3. Mental discipline and a level head count big time.
4. Always be ready to defend yourself against the unplanned. There’s no way to anticipate everything that could happen so you have to ready for it all.
5. There will be casualties. There were huge casualties in One Second After. Prepare yourself for that reality.
6. Grieving is a part of the new reality. Embrace it but do not let it control you.
7. Know that “good guys” and “bad guys” may trade places after it hits.
8. Feelings, love, and compassion count. Always remember to be a good person and do the right thing.
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I think Ayn Rand once said that fiction was the best way to communicate non-fiction ideas. It does so by telling a good story. Thanks to Gaye for pointing out what she learned from several god novels.
Remember to add a little fiction to your survival library. It is good entertainment and it will also teach you many useful lessons.
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.